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Oklahoma State University

Center for Fire & Explosives, Forensic Investigations, Training and Research

The OSU Center for Improvised Explosives (IMPEX) is now the Center for Fire & Explosives, Forensic Investigations, Training and Research (CENFEX).

CENFEX Mission Statement

The Center for Fire and Explosives, Forensic Investigation, Training and Research (CENFEX) mission is to support Federal, State, and Local law enforcement departments as well as Defense and Intelligence agencies and their representatives in the analysis of forensic research areas.  Our goal is to advance the growth and understanding of forensic sciences within the national security community, as well as serving as a technical authority to first responder, state, and local entities in protecting our communities.


CENFEX will maintain its status as a recognized leader in the fields of fire and explosives research, forensic investigations, and specialized training.  CENFEX supports national security personnel, while improving partnership outreach to expand OSU-CHS’s forensic science program.



All range and laboratory operations conform to FBI Hazardous Devices School safety protocols, to include requirements for non-static clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE).  Emergency medical personal are present during all explosive training exercises.  Students attending CENFEX training classes do NOT mix primary explosives, although they do observe instructor-led demonstrations of primary explosives and their chemical precursors.


• Field detection of improvised explosives (IE) and chemical precursors
• Instrumental analysis of IE
• IE stability studies
• Characterize explosives and other energetic materials
• IED research & analysis
• Technical exploitation of electronic circuits
• Bulk and trace explosives analysis
• Post blast and WMD crime scene analysis
• Fire/Explosives investigations
• Explosive and detonation research
• Explosive penetration testing
• Explosive breaching/Dynamic Entry
• BIOMED joint program for explosives and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Fire origin/cause investigations
• Training & exercise development
• HME recognition


CENFEX offers a wide array of improvised explosives training tailored to the needs of the following specialties:

  • First responders
  • Bomb technicians
  • Forensic scientists
  • Fire investigators
  • Hazardous materials specialists
  • Intelligence analysts

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Penelope Carr